Survivors!

BY DEB ACORD ON APRIL 26TH, 2017

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What is the perfect houseplant? For many people, it’s the one that’s completely un-killable.

Plants that can put up with a broad range of temperatures, are OK in low light, and don’t require a lot of fertilizer are popular with gardeners – especially inexperienced gardeners. These are plants that can wilt completely and still recover.

Here is a short list for those who might want to try their luck with the perfect houseplant, and throws in an outdoor plant that will grow almost anywhere in the country.

Cast iron plant (Aspidistra Elatior). Grown as ground cover in the southern U.S.; it also takes well to pots. Grows slowly and has tough, leathery leaves.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum). For pots or hanging baskets; likes bright but indirect natural light.

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). A succulent, with long, thick, spiky leaves.

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana). Not really bamboo; said to bring good luck; virtually indestructible.

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum x). Blooms with fragrant white flowers throughout the year.

Jade plant (Crassula ovate). A succulent that can last for decades with proper care; likes bright but indirect light and temperatures above 55 degrees.

Umbrella tree (Schefflera). With large, green glossy leaves; likes indirect bright light.

And for outdoors: The daylily (a group of species, hybrids and cultivars of the genus Hemerocallis). An attractive plant with fragrant flowers that attract butterflies. Grows in almost all kinds of soil – acidic, clay, loamy, neutral or sandy.

Lazy Gardener’s Pointers

You’ve got a houseplant. Now what do you do? Choosing the right container is important. Follow these tips from the Colorado State University Extension Service:

Select a container that allows for drainage. If the pot has no drainage holes, place a layer of gravel or broken pot shards in the bottom. If you have a decorative container with no drainage, place a clay or plastic container (with drainage holes) inside the decorative container, on a bed of rocks or gravel.

If you choose a tall, narrow pot use a finer textured soil. If you choose a larger pot, water your plant less often.

Choose your containers according to plant type, succulents in clay, and moisture-loving plants such as a Boston fern in plastic.

Avoid containers made of treated wood.

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